Original Apple-1 computer for sale for the staggering sum of £235,000; it is surprisingly still in “working condition”
Most people chuck out their computers after a couple of years, but geeks everywhere will rejoice with news that one of the first ever Apple computers is to be sold at auction next month.
The original Apple-1 offered is surprisingly in working condition and was used to power an Apple II prototype during the development stage of the computer in 1976. Its NTI motherboard is signed by Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak and of its creation, the Apple Inc. co-founder later remarked:
“I didn’t realise it at the time, but that day, Sunday, June 29, 1975, was pivotal. It was the first time in history anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”
“People who saw my computer could take one look at it and see the future. And it was a one-way door. Once you went through it, you could never go back.”
According to auctioneers Bonhams the lot is “an amazing artifact from the gestational period before Apple’s transition from a Silicon Valley startup to a microcomputer powerhouse.” They add that this second batch example of NTI boards is “extremely rare” given Steve Jobs later ordered ones returned be destroyed when users subsequently traded them in for Apple II’s.
Bonhams will sell the computer on 4th December in a New York. They have set an estimate of £156,000 to £234,000 ($200,000 to $300,000, €182,000 to €273,000 or درهم735,000 to درهم1.1 million) and with it also include a variety of peripheries including the original cardboard box and an Apple III monitor.